by Isi Esene
The families of Governor Danbaba Suntai’s aides who were with him in the Thursday plane crash in Yola, Adamawa State have called on the government to accord the aides the same treatment given their boss.
The governor was on Saturday flown to Germany where he is expected to get better medical attention. They said the action showed that the government lacks confidence in Nigeria’s local hospitals.
Suntai, the governor of Taraba State, and his aides were the occupants of the Cessna 208, 5N-BMJ jet which crashed in Adamawa.
They spoke their minds when the injured aides were transferred from Yola to the National Hospital, Abuja, 30 hours after Suntai was flown abroad.
“Considering the degree of injuries, I think they should be transferred overseas. After all what is good for the governor will still be good for his aides. They were in the same aircraft with the governor and I think they should be given the same treatment like him,” one of them said.
Governor’s Suntai’s ADC, Dasat Iliya, had been lying unconscious at the Yola hospital since the incident; the chief detail to the governor, Joel Dan, was also said to have had a fractured arm, while the governor’s chief security officer, Timo Dangana, reportedly had his two legs damaged.
The governor’s aides were brought to the National Hospital in a convoy of siren-blaring ambulances at 6:40pm on Sunday.